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Earth Day and the fight for Environmental Justice: Cultivando Leads the Charge in Commerce City



Earth Day serves as a powerful reminder of the ongoing fight for environmental justice. This year, the Cultivando press conference at the University of Denver (DU) highlighted a crucial local battle, echoing the very themes that sparked the first Earth Day in 1970.


Just like Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" exposed the dangers of pesticides, Cultivando, alongside partner organizations like Irise and University of Denver, is bringing to light the environmental injustices faced by the Commerce City community. Their year-long air quality monitoring project, presented at the press conference, revealed concerning levels of pollutants linked to the nearby Suncor oil refinery.


This aligns perfectly with the spirit of Earth Day – a day to raise awareness and advocate for environmental protection. Cultivando's press conference isn't just about data; it's about giving a voice to a community disproportionately burdened by environmental hazards. Their work echoes the fight for clean air and water that ignited the first Earth Day movement.


By holding corporations accountable and demanding cleaner air for Commerce City residents, Cultivando embodies the spirit of environmental justice. Their efforts resonate with the historical events that birthed Earth Day, making this press conference a potent symbol of ongoing environmental struggles.


The Fight Continues: How You Can Get Involved

The fight for environmental justice doesn't end with Earth Day. Here's how you can join Cultivando and similar organizations in advocating for a cleaner, healthier planet:

  • Educate yourself: Learn about environmental issues in your community and around the world. Research the impact of industrial facilities and air pollution on public health.

  • Raise awareness:  Share information about Cultivando's work and the environmental injustices faced by the Commerce City community. Talk to your friends, family, and neighbors about the importance of clean air.

  • Support the cause: Donate to organizations like Cultivando and Irise that are working to fight environmental racism and secure environmental justice for all.

  • Contact your local representatives:  Make your voice heard by urging your elected officials to enact stricter environmental regulations and hold corporations accountable for pollution.


By taking action, together we can amplify the message of Cultivando and the Commerce City community. Let's continue the fight for a healthier planet and ensure a just and sustainable future for all.





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